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The Four Buddhist Heart Practices (Brahma Viharas)

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4-week live online course on the Four Heart Practices, Nov.15-Dec.6, 2021, taught by James Baraz, co-founder, Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

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When: November 15 - December 6, 2021

Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Pacific / San Francisco Time

Live Session Dates: November 15, November 22, November 29, December 6

Where: Online via Zoom, recordings available

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The Four Buddhist Heart Practices (Brahma Viharas) is a 4-week live online course (RECORDINGS AVAILABLE) to open the heart as a complement to Insight (mindfulness) meditation practice. The classical Buddhist heart practices, the Brahma Viharas (Loving-kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity) are all about our connection with ourselves, others, and the world around us. They connect the mind and heart so that our meditation practice and everyday mindfulness incorporate both clarity and kindness.

The course offers formal meditation instructions and talks on how to apply these practices in our lives. Each session builds on the previous ones as we learn the different ways the heart can open to ourselves, those close to us, those we have difficulty with, and all beings.

I welcome you to join me.

- James Baraz

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Each Live, 2-hour session includes:

  • A talk on the week’s focus
  • A period of guided meditation with instructions
  • A time for interactive Q&A

Course syllabus

  • Week 1: Loving-kindness
  • Week 2: Compassion
  • Week 3: Sympathetic Joy
  • Week 4: Equanimity

What else you'll receive:

  • Access to session recordings (available on the dedicated course page within 48 hours of each live session)
  • Weekly practice letters including a session recap and suggestions to support your meditation practice
  • Access to course support to answer questions between sessions

Please note: The course materials will be available through January 31, 2022.

Finances for the Course

While there is no formal charge for the course, it is offered in the tradition known as dana (pronounced "dah-na"), a Pali word meaning generosity.

Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has existed an interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them. According to the Buddha, generosity, or sharing what we have, is one of the central pillars of a spiritual life. The Buddha created a system to develop a quality of open-handedness whereby those who share the teachings are dependent on those who receive them. Monks and nuns go on daily alms rounds with a begging bowl, relying on the generosity of lay people for support in continuing their teaching and spiritual life. James has been offering these teachings on a dana basis for over 40 years through retreats and classes.

The suggested donation is USD 100 for the course (USD 25 per session).

Each person’s situation is different. This suggestion is simply a guideline. You may give less or you may give more. The principle is that generosity should be a source of joy for you from a sense of appreciation for the teachings. You can register and make a donation by clicking on the green "Tickets" button at the top of this page. Thank you.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can email us at insightmeditationcourse21@gmail.com.

Logistics

You'll receive the details to join the live online sessions via Zoom closer to the start of the course.

The sessions will be recorded, posted, and available for later viewing within 48 hours of each live session on our dedicated course page if you are not able to join the sessions live.

Course Leader - James Baraz

James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978 and leads retreats, workshops and classes in the U.S and abroad. He is the creator and teacher of the online Awakening Joy course, since 2003. He's also a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. In recent years, he has also focused on dharma and climate change, and serves as an advisor to One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to Buddhist responses to climate change. His books include Awakening Joy with Shoshana Alexander, and Awakening Joy for Kids with Michele Lilyanna. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Jane, and has two sons and three grandchildren.

Course Assistant - Sarah-Marie Hopf

Sarah-Marie Hopf will be assisting James Baraz both during the live course sessions as well as answering questions in between sessions. She's a mindfulness meditation teacher, an ICF-certified integral leadership and development coach, and the founder of Thriving in a Noisy World. She's passionate about supporting growth-oriented, purpose-driven individuals in their inner development journeys for the benefit of all. To her work, she brings experience at the intersections of leadership development and institutional change, human-centered design, and systemic social innovation. First discovering the dharma at age 13, Sarah-Marie is a seasoned mindfulness practitioner and regularly sits insight meditation retreats. She is a graduate of Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program and a certified mindfulness teacher through the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. A German/American, she’s based in Oakland, CA.

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James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978 and leads retreats, workshops and classes in the U.S and abroad. He's been the creator and teacher of the online Awakening Joy course since 2003. He's also a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. In recent years, he's been focusing on dharma and climate change, and serves as an advisor to One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to Buddhist responses to climate change. His books include Awakening Joy with Shoshana Alexander, and Awakening Joy for Kids with Michele Lilyanna. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Jane, and has two sons and three grandchildren.

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